Former U.N. Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Dead At 93


Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who served as Secretary General of the United Nations from January 1992 to December 1996, died February 16, 2016 at the age of 93. UN representatives have said that Boutros-Ghali died after being hospitalized for a broken leg in his home nation, Egypt.

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Ban Ki-Moon, the current Secretary General, said of Boutros-Ghali “He showed courage in posing difficult questions to the Member States, and rightly insisted on the independence of his office and of the Secretariat as a whole. His commitment to the United Nations – its mission and its staff — was unmistakable, and the mark he has left on the Organization is indelible… The United Nations community will mourn a memorable leader who rendered invaluable services to world peace and international order.”


Boutros-Ghali led the UN during the conflicts subsequent to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the genocide in Rwanda. In 1992 Boutros-Ghali issued a report, An Agenda for Peace, which took a strong stance in favor of expanding and strengthening the UN’s peacekeeping role in the world.

The document was the first from the United Nations to argue in favor of military intervention even when all involved parties did not agree to the intervention. However, the real-world conflicts in Somalia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, El Salvador, Angola and Mozambique, left UN peacekeeping forces overwhelmed and Boutros-Ghali was unable to enact

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